Jerda Friberg

FLORENCE, Wis. – Jerda Emelia Friberg, 96, of Florence, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her home on the Friberg Family Farm.

She was born on a dairy farm northwest of Florence on Sept. 10, 1917, to parents John and Alma (Bjorkman) Johnson. They had six children – Jenny, Hannah, Fritz, Wally, Jerda and Ann.

Jerda graduated from eighth grade at the age of 12 and began her lifetime of self-education. Her first job was as a cook and maid for the Sells families for 10 years before she set off for work in Chicago.

On Oct. 15, 1940, she married Philip Friberg and they had five children. In addition to raising a family and running a farm, Jerda worked at the Volta International Resistor Factory, the school cafeteria, and provided child care for local families. At the age of 65, after the death of her husband, she began a new career as a cook at the Florence Senior Center, retiring at the age of 85.

Jerda is survived by one sister, Ann Snell; four children, James (Lida) Friberg of Sawyer Lake and San Clemente, Calif., Karen (Jim) Barker of San Diego, Robert (JoAnne) Friberg and Steve (Lori) Friberg of Florence; one daughter-in-law, Katharine Friberg; 13 grandchildren, Mark (Jill) Friberg, Michael (Jen) Friberg, Eric (Torrie) Friberg, Carissa and Courtney Barker, Caitlyn (Colin) Chance, Amy (Josh) Friberg-Wyckoff, Rhonda Friberg (Sean Senti), Heather (Matt) Robertson, Kara (Ryan) Knox and Thomas and Nicholas T. Friberg; and eight great-grandchildren, Grant and Nicholas D. Friberg, Andrew and Molly Friberg, Lunden and Braden Friberg, Elin Chance and Lochlan Robertson.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Phillip, she was preceded in death by one son, John; and four infant grandchildren, David, Holly, Matthew and Sarah Friberg.

Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home in Florence. Visitation will also be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Florence.

A celebration of life service will follow Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Pastor Doug Johnson will officiate.

Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery in the spring.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence to honor Jerda’s legacy of life.